DeKALB Both sides of the debate over whether to close
Kishwaukee Community Hospital's behavioral health unit will have
to wait seven more weeks to hear from the state agency that will
decide the matter.
The Illinois Health Facilities
Planning Board announced Thursday that its meeting scheduled
for next week has been canceled.
board, a division of the Illinois Department of Public Health,
is tasked with ensuring the supply of medical space and services
is in balance with demand across the state. The board was supposed
to meet next Wednesday and Thursday, and on the agenda was KCH's
request to close its six-bed inpatient mental health unit. The
board announced Thursday it will instead meet for the next time
"In the briefest of terms,
it's fair to say we were disappointed," KishHealth Systems
Vice-President of Business Development Joe Dant said. "We
felt we were well-prepared for the discussion. ... We'd rather
have them ready, and if this means they're taking time to get
ready for our application and other applications, that's good.
But we would much rather have gone down there next week and brought
this to some resolution."
Jerry Lane, spokesman
for DeKalb County Citizens for Better Mental Health Care, said
the delay will not have any real impact on the operations of
the citizens' group opposing the unit's closure. The group had
already planned to submit one more letter to the board before
a July 13 deadline addressing the hospital's arguments for closing
"They have one point of view and
we have a different point of view, and that's not going to change,"
Lane said. "It's just waiting to see which point of view
The hospital has argued that the
unit is underutilized and difficult to staff. It is currently
staffed on an on-call basis only because of the irregularity
of admissions, hospital administrators have said.
to the closure have argued that inpatient mental health care
is a necessary resource to have in the community and are urging
health officials to look at alternatives to outright closure
of the unit.
Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board is next scheduled to
meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 1 at the Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference
Center, 3280 Northfield Drive in Springfield.
BF51 wrote on July
10, 2009 4:06 p.m.
the first time that the kish administration has messed up. Just
looking at the way they have behaved during this circus, THEY
NEVER HAVE A PLAN B!!!!! Very bad strategy to make decisions
based on best case senarios.Somehow Dant thinks that in two months
lies will turn miraculously into truth. The good thing was that
the true nature of some of the figures of the community was revealed.
We all learnt that we can always rely on Barry,Jerry and Dr Kirts.
Drs who sold us out, Drs Dennisson , Kraft, Yasin, Kulich, Feldman
and Hadi. "
"That is not the only thing
that the opponents want to do. Obviously keeping any medical
services in limbo the way that they have been doing creates legal
issues that must first be addressed. Besides the discontinuation
of services was abrupt at the end of November. Pointing to a
deliberate decision not to admit. Was there a reason that Drs
suddenly stopped admitting? what has the hospital done to address
their concerns? then the disclosure about the high legal expenses
of the hospital in 2008. I am sure Dant has a "well prepared"
answer for this discussion. We are listening!"